Transactional Networking is Trash Networking

Column by Sadie Hartmann March 25, 2022
Transactional networking is antithetical to authentic community. Here's why it needs to be eliminated

That Swag: Book Promotion Ideas

Column by Sadie Hartmann March 14, 2022
An inside look at book swag. Is it worth spending the extra money to create promotional material for your book?

Death to Stars: Why I Won't Use Stars to Rate Books Anymore

Column by Sadie Hartmann February 28, 2022
In 2021, I gave my last star rating. In this opinion piece, I will share my experience with the system and why I chose to eliminate it from my book reviews.

Goodreads: A History of Where It All Went Wrong

Column by Peter Derk August 3, 2021
Is Goodreads a hellhole, a paradise, or a neglected middle-class neighborhood?

How To Help Indie Authors Without Spending A Penny

Column by Andrew Fowlow April 7, 2021
There are things you can start doing right now that will have a huge impact on an indie author and it won't even cost you a penny.

Buy or Deny: 18 Trump Books You Should Consider Reading Before Election Day

Column by Andrea J. Johnson August 13, 2020
Eighteen of the best books to read about Trump and his administration, and eight more that aren't so hot.

The Ladies of Horror BookTube

Column by Sadie Hartmann July 10, 2020
The horror fiction industry sees its fair share of dudes sitting around talking about scary books. But what do the ladies think? Here are my favorite voices from the Horror BookTube sisterhood.

Can One-Star Reviews Still Convince Readers to Buy Books?

Column by Sadie Hartmann March 9, 2020
It's easy to assume that five-star, glowing reviews are able to convince readers to buy a book, but what about those ranty, complaining reviews from Negative Nancy? Do those sell books too?

10 Pieces of Advice Every Writer Should Ignore

Column by Gabino Iglesias December 10, 2019
That thing you read online? Probably wrong. That old rule they told you was sacred? It's bullshit. Let me tell you why unlearning all of it is crucial.

10 Reasons Why Bookstagrammers are Awesome

Column by Gabino Iglesias
Bookstagrammers have become a crucial part of the publishing world. Here are some reasons you should support, get to know, and celebrate them.

My Book Arrived in Good Condition, But the Writing Was Terrible

Column by J. David Osborne
What makes a good book review good? We investigate by looking at the different genres of "bad Amazon review."

10 Reasons Book Reviews Still Matter

Column by Gabino Iglesias July 12, 2018
Book reviews still matter, and we need more of them. Here's why.

Meet the Reviewers Keeping Indie Lit Alive

Column by Max Booth III
We're spotlighting some of our favorite indie book reviewers.

Don’t Rate My Book Five Stars

Column by Max Booth III June 23, 2017
There is nothing in this world more honest than a three-star review.

What Happens When You Stop Writing Negative Book Reviews

Column by Peter Derk June 12, 2017
This is what happens when you stop being real and start getting polite.

13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime

Column by Steph Post April 18, 2017
A list of ways for readers to support their favorite authors without spending money on books.

A Book Reviewer's Bill Of Rights

Column by Peter Derk October 12, 2016
Can you trash a book? Smack Talk an author? These 10 amendments make up the book reviewer's Bill of Rights.

5 Reasons Why Children's Books Are Bullshit

Column by Max Booth III May 17, 2016
5 reasons why you should reconsider what you read your dumb children.
British Writer Attacks Teen Who Dissed His Book

British Writer Attacks Teen Who Dissed His Book

News by Raine Winters November 11, 2015
Stalking is not okay.

How to Become a Better Writer (By Reading One-Star Reviews of Your Favorite Books)

Column by Max Booth III August 7, 2015
The life of a writer is a series of punches to the genitals. Use one-star reviews of your favorite books to treat the pain.

10 Soul-Crushing Things About Writing in 2014

Column by Phil Jourdan August 14, 2014
Find it hard promoting yourself, dealing with incompetent online reviewers, or taking writing advice from viral marketers? You're not alone.

The Rookie's Guide to The LitReactor Writer's Workshop: Short Story vs. Essay/Non-Fiction

Column by Brandon Tietz July 30, 2014
Critiquing a short story vs. essay/non-fiction — A how-to guide for all you workshoppers out there.

Quick, Easy Ways to Promote Your Book in Your Underwear (And no, I’m not talking selfies) Part 1

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard June 20, 2014
Here are some easy tips on how to promote your work online to new readers and loyal fans—most of whom are probably in their underwear too.
The Bookshots Baby is 100 Books Old!

The Bookshots Baby is 100 Books Old!

News by Cath Murphy May 28, 2014
Five months, 100 books. Bookshots is all growed up!